Washington — This is the coming-out party for cable’s multiroom DVR.
And big MSOs are set to roll out multiroom DVRs this year, including Time Warner — which is working with both Moto and Cisco — Cox and Bright House. (See Time Warner, Cox To Launch Cisco Whole-Home DVR and Time Warner Cable Tags Motorola For Multiroom DVR.)
Cable is not only looking to counter the telcos — both Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse have hyped this — but also to provide a “sticky” feature that should help inhibit churn.
And it’s an enhanced service people will pay for.
According to Verizon, about 25% of FiOS TV are taking the Home Media DVR, which provides multiroom DVR featuresand access to PC-based photos and music on the TV. The multiroom DVR is $19.99 per month, $4 more than the regular HD DVR. (See FiOS TV: Data Points.)
Macrovision, for its part, is incorporating multiroom DVR in Passport Echo 3.5 and i-Guide A28, set to be available in Q4, which run on Moto’s DCX MoCA-enabled boxes (screen shot of Passport below).